Gustave Loiseau (1865 – 1935) was born in Paris in 1865 and later received his preliminary artistic training at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs. Loiseau left the Ecole after a year of studies and enrolled at the studio of Fernand Quignon, a landscapist living in Paris. Saddened to see Quignon painting landscapes from sketches in a room he left the atelier after only six months and resolved to continue his studies independently.
Seeking an attractive and inexpensive location where he could concentrate on his love of landscape painting and follow his own artistic convictions, Loiseau moved to Pont-Aven in Brittany to work with Gauguin and other members of the Pont Aven School at the age of 25.
Loiseau initially stayed at an inn run by Marie-Jeanne Gloanec and quickly became friends with Henri Moret and Maxime Maufra, fellow residents of the inn. It was Maufra, an outstanding draftsman, who had a crucial influence on Loiseau’s artistic development at this time, helping bolster his drawing and compositional skills.
Loiseau spent the next few years alternating between Paris, the Ile de France region, and Pont Aven, exhibiting and painting in these three distinct locales of France. During this time Loiseau exhibited at the Salon des Independants and with the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts. Fortuitously, Paul Durand-Ruel, the patron of the Impressionists, “discovered” Loiseau in 1895 and placed him under contract by 1897, which allowed Loiseau the financial freedom to travel and paint throughout France.
By the early 1900s Loiseau had purchased homes in both Pont Aven and Saint-Cyr-du-Vaudreuil but remained a consummate traveler—exploring, sketching, and painting a bevy of France’s coastal sites, rivers, and towns.